note that these bastions of liberalism you speak of always let child molesters get off scott free. Is that the ultimate goal... I think so...<quoted text>
You're an idiot, please stay in Alaska where they don't read much.
My son is in his twenties and makes more in a year than you will make in your lifetime. Ultra Liberal.
Seattle= technology=big money=great economy=liberals.
Dumb liberals here, like Bill Gates.
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#461 Nov 14, 2008
#462 Nov 14, 2008
so you have SERIOUS delusions.
please please send your child molesters to Seattle so we can let them run free in the rain!
I'm guessing they don't let you out of Alaska much.
speaking of child abuse, how's that wedding going for your Governors seventeen year old?
did someone say child molester?
#463 Nov 15, 2008
At one time, yes I did volunteer and from that experience I speak. Now, I just donate massively in what is called "SCHOOL TAX". While I was volunteering I did an experiment. I brought in a McGuffy reader from the 1890's I didn't find one student at the sixth grade level who could read it without stumbling excessively. These books were standard edition in one room school houses~~where the teacher stoked the wood stove and taught first through eighth grade in one room with no aides, school psychologist, counselors, janitors, principals. Pull out a first grade reader and try it on one of your kids...neighbor kids,friends kids...you will be surprised. Yes, I attended school board meetings the content of those meeting consisted primarily about "SPORTS"--problems with coaches, eligibility requirements.
#464 Nov 18, 2008
I can definitely attest to the sports fanaticism in my area. However, I must state that our schools are consistently recognized as top performers nationally. Nevertheless, I know we can do even better, but I think there is far too much importance placed on sports. Our school board won't even touch scheduling changes because the parents whose precious ones play club sports (volleyball, hockey, soccer, basketball, etc.) would not stand for their little angels having a longer school day or adjusting school hours because that interferes with practice schedules and travels out of town to tournaments. Unbelievable.
I am not surprised by the findings our your experiment. In this area, many public elementary schools conduct weekly spelling tests, but I'm amazed that the words aren't introduced as vocabulary. The kids need only know who to spell the words -- their definitions aren't important. I'm also surprised at how low student expectations can be in so-called "successful" school districts. Many assume that only schools in urban environments suffer from teachers having low expectations. Not so. I'm not saying that children should be stressed out by their classes, but I do believe in setting the bar high and pushing children to do their best without excuses.
I could go on and on, but I'll jump down from the soapbox now. I know it gets frustrating for all of us, but the bottomline is that we can not give up on trying to improve public schools. It will happen if enough of us keep up the pressure.
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